Jelena Ostapenko prevails over 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki

Spectators take cover under umbrellas as third round matches were suspended because of rain showers at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris France. Saturday

Spectators take cover under umbrellas as third round matches were suspended because of rain showers at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris France. Saturday

As Ostapenko left the room, she turned to her agent and whispered with a wide, proud smile, "My answers are amusing". When did he achieve that?

Ostapenko's day had not started in promising fashion. She is the first teen semifinalist at Roland Garros since Ana Ivanovic 10 years ago. Her shots are hard to read, so you don't really feel comfortable at any point in the match.

After play was suspended due to rain, she returned to action to cruise past Caroline Wozniacki. She is coached by another player who prospered on the red clay here - Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues, who won two French Open doubles titles. — Bacsinszky, whose only other Grand Slam semifinal appearance also came at Roland Garros, in 2015.

Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko credited her passion for ballroom dancing for fuelling her breakthrough performance at the French Open. That is just remarkable progress. "My favourite one is Samba".

"Today I was very, very far from my best tennis and it was still a close two sets, I'd be silly not to be positive about that", said Mladenovic, who believed her opponent's game was more suited to the tough conditions.

Despite that attachment, she admitted she was struck by nervous anxiety on the eve of Tuesday's quarter-final. Those ballroom dancing classes sure came in handy.

She was again unable to back it up and Bacsinszky took the next four games to stretch to what proved to be a crucial 5-3 lead.

After an exchange of service holds, the Swiss was twice away from a 5-3 lead after earning game points, but Mladenovic played some excellent offensive tennis to find a way back to get the break back once more, leveling the scores at 4-4.

Those last three words might as well be printed on posters to commemorate the 2017 French Open.

She finds the fact that she'll be playing Ostapenko on the day of their birthdays fairly amusing. And so she stuck to her strategy even when she fell behind; she stayed aggressive, went for tough angles, and constantly attacked the lines.

While Ostapenko is on the rise, Bacsinszky is not long removed from almost quitting the sport completely.

"And the medical timeout I took against Mladenovic on the second day, it showed on the videos".

The world number 14 fought back the tears as she left the court, with French hopes now left to rest with Caroline Garcia, who faces world number three Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday, while Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine plays Romania number three seed Simona Halep. No, of course not.

Mladenovic then came back from the brink and got herself on the scoreboard in the third game, fending off a break point with a volley victor and eventually saw her holding serve and lessening the deficit after 17 minutes of play. I love you guys, thanks.

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